titles do not make leaders

He always had a smile playing around the corners of his mouth ready to burst into that full fledged humorous smile that made others around him smile in spite of themselves. He had a sparkle in his eyes and a jaunty spring to his step. He had a gift for seeing the humor in almost … Continue reading titles do not make leaders

6 questions leaders must answer

Much is written about how to use questions to lead; about how leaders need to be asking the right questions of those they lead. However, one key aspect of leadership, is answering questions for the people that you are leading. In one of my favorite organizational health books, The Advantage, my favorite organizational health / business author, … Continue reading 6 questions leaders must answer

Leaders versus Managers

Managers are receiving a bad rap in my opinion. I enjoy learning and sharing about leadership, so I keep up fairly well with the current literature. Additionally, I have been an adjunct professor at the graduate level for about 14 years often teaching on management / leadership using various texts. I have seen a bit … Continue reading Leaders versus Managers

When taking command of my first Army unit, my battalion commander told me: "Captain, your responsibilities are simple, you are responsible for everything that does or does not happen in your unit." No excuses, no deflecting blame to someone in my unit, no dodging responsibilities. As the leader of the unit - I was responsible … Continue reading

good books on leadership

If you are like me, I thoroughly enjoy learning from others about leadership and I have found one of the best ways to learn from them is to read their books. On the FYI.to site, I have listed many of my favorites. Check out my Leadership Books. I would also appreciate your suggestions as to … Continue reading good books on leadership

how you view others affects your effectiveness

The title seems a bit odd does it not? How can your view of others affect your effectiveness? The answer lies in a great book entitled Leadership and Self-Deception put out by the Arbinger Institute. If you don't have this book, you need to add it to your leadership library! One of the key observations … Continue reading how you view others affects your effectiveness

leadership development works!

Do you have a leader development plan in place in your organization? If not, you need to and soon. First of all - it works. See the graph below from the Chief Learning Officer magazine. It is in an article by William C. Byham One of the biggest findings of the study was, contrary to the … Continue reading leadership development works!

“Secret Fears of Great Leaders” by Greg Salciccioli

Fear is one of our greatest limiters in life. Greg Salciccioli has an excellent post on the Coachwell site about the fears that leaders often face. Following is an excerpt from Greg's post: When life brings the inevitable challenges that every leader will face, we should remember this quote. Roosevelt says: “Courage is not the absence of … Continue reading “Secret Fears of Great Leaders” by Greg Salciccioli